Walker, Erasmus (1804–1891)


By: Aragorn Storm Miller

Type: Biography

Published: November 12, 2014


Erasmus Walker, attorney, judge, and state representative, was born in Georgia on September 19, 1804. He was educated in Alabama and began a legal practice in Tuscaloosa in 1826. That same year, he was elected justice of the peace. From 1827 to 1828 he represented Dallas County in the Alabama State Legislature. On November 26, 1829, Walker married Ann P. Childress, daughter of Maj. James Childress, a prominent early settler of Tuscaloosa. During this time Walker also worked as an editor for the Alabama State Intelligencer. He immigrated to Texas in 1853, settled in Belton in Bell County, and established himself as a schoolteacher and attorney. He was among the inaugural members of the Bell County Bar Association, founded on December 23, 1856. That same year he was named justice of the peace, a post he filled through 1864, and was appointed to the county board of school examiners in 1858.

Walker married Nancy Caster Venable, a widow, in Belton on February 18, 1860. The 1860 census listed Walker, his wife, and her three children by her previous marriage. Later in 1860, he helped establish First Presbyterian Church of Belton as a charter member and first Ruling Elder. In 1862 he served briefly as chief justice of Bell County but resigned early in his term. In 1863 Walker was elected to represent Bell and Lampasas counties in the Tenth Texas Legislature, where he chaired the committee on Public Lands. Following the Civil War, Walker continued public service. From 1867 to 1870 he served as Bell County attorney. Then he was elected county judge, a position he held until 1878. Walker died in Belton on July 24, 1891, and was buried there at South Belton Cemetery.

Bell County Historical Commission, Story of Bell County, Texas (2 vols., Austin: Eakin Press, 1988). Galveston Daily News, July 26, 1891. Fort Worth Gazette, July 30, 1891. George Tyler, History of Bell County (San Antonio: Naylor, 1936).

Categories:
  • Law, Law Enforcement, and Outlaws
  • Politics and Government
  • Judges
  • Lawyers
  • General Law
  • Tenth Legislature (1863-1864)
  • House

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Aragorn Storm Miller, “Walker, Erasmus,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed August 11, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/walker-erasmus.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

November 12, 2014